Shahid Buttar - Poetry https://www.shahidbuttar.com/taxonomy/term/3 en Fortune (January 2017) https://www.shahidbuttar.com/node/163 <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p>Whenever I<br /> feel<br /> melancholy<br /> I remember</p> <p>how other people<br /> spend the month of December:<br /> exposed to the elements,<br /> trying to stay dry.</p> <p>A hair's breadth<br /> separates<br /> that guy<br /> from you &amp; I.</p> </div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-tags field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-above"><div class="field-label">Tags:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><a href="/taxonomy/term/3" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Poetry</a></div></div></div> Sun, 22 Jan 2017 11:30:20 +0000 Shahid Buttar 163 at https://www.shahidbuttar.com https://www.shahidbuttar.com/node/163#comments A bend in the river (January 2017) https://www.shahidbuttar.com/node/165 <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p>I rode the water<br /> when the Way seemed<br /> clear until suddenly<br /> it no longer appeared<br /> like a bend in a river<br /> after which the water<br /> was somehow all gone<br /> as if the Universe<br /> watched the horrors<br /> we inflict on ourselves<br /> and walked away ashamed</p> </div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-tags field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-above"><div class="field-label">Tags:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><a href="/taxonomy/term/3" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Poetry</a></div></div></div> Sun, 01 Jan 2017 16:09:49 +0000 Shahid Buttar 165 at https://www.shahidbuttar.com https://www.shahidbuttar.com/node/165#comments Mourning my Mom (September 2016) https://www.shahidbuttar.com/node/159 <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13.44px;">[I wrote this poem a few weeks before my mother passed away.]</p> <div style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px;"> You read to me incessantly</div> <div style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px;"> Always held me close to you<br /> So close I suffocated</div> <div style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px;"> Until I got away</div> <div style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px;">  </div> <div style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px;"> Until I got away</div> <div style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px;"> You defined my world</div> <div style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px;"> Always held me close to you</div> <div style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px;"> Giving me superpowers</div> <div style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px;">  </div> <div style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px;"> Giving me superpowers</div> <div style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px;"> Expression energy empathy love</div> <div style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px;"> You defined my world</div> <div style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px;"> Charting a course I still travel</div> <div style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px;">  </div> <div style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px;"> Charting a course I still travel</div> <div style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px;"> Every moment of my waking life</div> <div style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px;"> Expression energy empathy love</div> <div style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px;"> Your needs grew to eclipse my own</div> <div style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px;">  </div> <div style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px;"> Your needs grew to eclipse my own</div> <div style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px;"> Time tugging from the fringes of vision</div> <div style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px;"> Every moment of my waking life</div> <div style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px;"> Watching all the temples crumbling</div> <div style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px;">  </div> <div style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px;"> Watching all the temples crumbling</div> <div style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px;"> Façades of great beauty falling to ruin</div> <div style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px;"> Time tugging from the fringes of vision</div> <div style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px;"> To pull itself front and center</div> <div style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px;">  </div> <div style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px;"> To pull itself front and center</div> <div style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px;"> The Universe drags us all back to Our Self</div> <div style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px;"> Facades of great beauty falling to ruin<br /> Making way for new spires to rise</div> <div style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px;">  </div> <div style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px;"> <span style="font-size: 12.8px;">Making way for new spires to rise</span></div> <div style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px;"> Ashes to ashes dust to dust, always<br /><span style="font-size: 12.8px;">The Universe drags us all back to Our Self<br /> Recalling a future of which we're a part</span></div> <div style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px;"> <br /><span style="font-size: 12.8px;">Recalling a future of which we're a part</span></div> <div style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px;"> Forced to release our feeble constructions<br /><span style="font-size: 12.8px;">Ashes to ashes dust to dust, always<br /> Never prepared for a path we all tread</span></div> <div style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px;">  </div> <div style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px;"> <span style="font-size: 12.8px;">Never prepared for a path we all tread</span></div> <div style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px;"> Your present brings my past and future into focus</div> <div style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px;"> <span style="font-size: 12.8px;">Forced to release our feeble constructions</span></div> <div style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px;"> Reality rears its head ruthlessly</div> <div style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px;">  </div> <div style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px;"> <span style="font-size: 12.8px;">Reality rears its head ruthlessly</span></div> <div style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px;"> <span style="font-size: 12.8px;">So close I suffocated</span></div> <div style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px;"> <span style="font-size: 12.8px;">Your present brings my past and future into focus</span></div> <div style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.8px;"> <span style="font-size: 12.8px;">You read to me incessantly</span></div> </div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-tags field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-above"><div class="field-label">Tags:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><a href="/taxonomy/term/3" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Poetry</a></div></div></div> Fri, 30 Sep 2016 04:00:00 +0000 Shahid Buttar 159 at https://www.shahidbuttar.com https://www.shahidbuttar.com/node/159#comments Spitting truth to power on Independence Day weekend https://www.shahidbuttar.com/node/153 <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p>The weekend of July 4th brought me back to the east coast to rejoin <a href="http://mesocreso.org/">Meso Creso</a>, a crew started by some DC homies with which I've rolled since 2009, at the <a href="http://www.pexsummerfestival.com/musical-acts">PEX</a> Summer Festival. My DJ &amp; MC set that Friday night was among my highlights of the summer.</p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="120" src="https://www.mixcloud.com/widget/iframe/?feed=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.mixcloud.com%2Fshahid-buttar%2Fshahid-buttar-djing-and-mcing-for-meso-creso-the-pex-summer-festival-07012016%2F&amp;hide_cover=1" width="100%"></iframe></p> <p>After DJing for 4 years and MCing for over 20, this is the first recording ever to combine my beats and live vocals, so I'm quite excited to share it! My several vocal peformances include (around 31:15) this rhyme connecting the dots between our various struggles "from Ferguson to Jerusalem."</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/9dhlCwYoU1k" width="560"></iframe></p> <p><!--break--></p><p>Other songs I perform in this mix include:</p> <p><span><span><span data-ft="{&quot;tn&quot;:&quot;K&quot;}"><span class="UFICommentBody _1n4g"><span><span>15:30: The Sauce<br /> 26:10: Justice</span><br /><span>31:15: Ferguson to Jerusalem</span></span><br /><span><span><span>36:00: A public service message</span><br /><span>58:00: Disease of Industrialization</span><br /><span>1:07:00: Party culture (aka Mutiny, Peace, Unity)</span><br /><span>1:20:45: We Watch Reality</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> </div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-tags field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-above"><div class="field-label">Tags:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><a href="/taxonomy/term/1" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Music</a></div><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/taxonomy/term/3" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Poetry</a></div><div class="field-item even"><a href="/taxonomy/term/2" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Video</a></div></div></div> Fri, 01 Jul 2016 18:37:08 +0000 Shahid Buttar 153 at https://www.shahidbuttar.com https://www.shahidbuttar.com/node/153#comments NSA vs USA https://www.shahidbuttar.com/NSAvsUSA <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/hciiZbJph1c" width="420"></iframe></p> <p>Check out a series of <a href="https://www.shahidbuttar.com/NSA-vs-USA-remixes">9 sick remixes</a> of NSA vs USA, or download the <a href="https://www.dropbox.com/sh/frsov3brz8aq38z/AACrTjgztmUh1wyvyvNDVctha">open source stems</a> from which to construct your own. You can also download the <a href="https://soundcloud.com/shahid-buttar/nsa-vs-usa-extended-dance-floor-mix">extended dance floor mix</a> from Soundcloud.</p> <p>NSA vs. USA was written to be a teaching tool as much as a dance track. <a href="https://www.shahidbuttar.com/node/81">Below are annotated lyrics</a>, with links to articles and reports you can read to learn more. The first step in helping "build a movement, raising your voice" is to learn history and get informed.</p> <!--break--><p>The next is to connect. <a href="https://www.shahidbuttar.com/contact">Reach out</a> if you need help or ideas on how to get involved!</p> <p>Many thanks to <a href="https://www.shahidbuttar.com/node/85">everyone involved</a> in helping enable this project, the <a href="https://www.shahidbuttar.com/node/86">media outlets</a> that have covered it, the tremendous <a href="https://www.shahidbuttar.com/NSA-vs-USA-remixes">music producers from around the world</a> who contributed remixes, the courageous Edward Snowden whose revelations forced a long overdue debate, and -- most of all -- the millions of Americans who, every day, "build a movement, each raising our voice."</p> <div id="cke_pastebin"> <span style="font-size:16px;"><strong>NSA vs. USA</strong></span></div> <div id="cke_pastebin">  </div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> <strong>Verse #1 (thought crimes, oppression by rotation)</strong></div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> The NSA breaks the law every day</div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> it doesn't matter who you are or what you say</div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> they monitor your phone calls and emails anyway</div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/shahid-buttar/beyond-cia-and-nsa-spying-corruption_b_4981558.html">Corrupt Congress</a> and <a href="https://www.shahidbuttar.com/node/82">courts</a> paving the way</div> <div id="cke_pastebin">  </div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> There's a lesson you’ll learn someday…</div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> …watch what you say.</div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> They spy on your mind, record your calls for posterity</div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> Commit <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/shahid-buttar/subsidizing-corporate-cri_b_97908.html">daily executive crimes</a> with <a href="http://www.constitutioncampaign.org/blog/?p=11393">impunity</a>.</div> <div id="cke_pastebin">  </div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> They’re the authorities, here to keep us safe…</div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> Until the boot ends up on your face.</div> <div id="cke_pastebin">  </div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> <em><strong>NSA CHORUS</strong></em></div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> <em>It's the NSA against the Constitution</em></div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> <em>We the people are the ones our government is abusing.</em></div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> <em>We can force any agency to make a new choice</em></div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> <em>when we build a movement, each raising our voice.</em></div> <div id="cke_pastebin">  </div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> <strong>Verse #2 (lies, NSA reach, FISA, military-industrial complex)</strong></div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> They <a href="http://www.slate.com/articles/technology/future_tense/2013/09/basaaly_moalin_s_defense_team_takes_on_mass_nsa_telephone_surveillance.html">lie about the origins of the evidence</a></div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> they <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/sep/27/ron-wyden-nsa-systematically-deceived">lie about the numbers of Americans</a> watched -- immense,<br /> too large for them to calculate, they sigh</div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> a self-serving lie by the government’s eye</div> <div id="cke_pastebin">  </div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> computing power unmatched in history</div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> presuming <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/10/26/un-anti-spying-resolution_n_4165470.html">the power to wiretap humanity</a></div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> it's insanity how large the hubris looms</div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> the government's watching you in the bathroom</div> <div id="cke_pastebin">  </div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> and they <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-switch/wp/2014/01/27/darrell-issa-james-clapper-lied-to-congress-about-nsa-and-should-be-fired/">lie about it</a> at every opportunity</div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> sustained abuses of every community.</div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> Unity across Washington DC:</div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> all three branches against you and me.</div> <div id="cke_pastebin">  </div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> See, Bush signed <a href="http://www.globalresearch.ca/bush-s-secret-spying-on-americans/6466">a secret presidential decree</a>.</div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> Obama <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/barack-obama/my-position-on-fisa_b_110789.html">talked a big game</a>, but presidentially,</div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> did everything he could to entrench the Bush Legacy</div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> A complex composed of <a href="http://corporategreedchronicles.com/2011/11/21/the-f-35-joint-strike-fighter-a-one-trillion-dollar-boondoggle-that-is-too-big-to-fail/">military, industry</a></div> <div id="cke_pastebin">  </div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> Eisenhower <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8y06NSBBRtY">60 years before anticipated</a> it’d be</div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> rising in the wings for generations, growing</div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> a crisis in democracy sowing.</div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> The future's at stake. You can start by knowing</div> <div id="cke_pastebin">  </div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> <em><strong>NSA CHORUS</strong></em></div> <div id="cke_pastebin">  </div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> <strong>Verse #3 (Palmer Raids, COINTELPRO)</strong></div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> For a hundred years, since World War I</div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> the FBI versus free speech has held the gun</div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> Constitutional rights on the run</div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> <a href="http://fbiwallofshame.blogspot.com/2008/12/palmer-raids.html">the Palmer raids</a> the first but not the last one</div> <div id="cke_pastebin">  </div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> Fast forward 40 years to the real red scare</div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> <a href="http://www.trackedinamerica.org/timeline/mccarthy_era/intro/">McCarthy did a number</a> but the FBI was there.</div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> They were everywhere. They knew what you wore to bed</div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> They <a href="http://www.npr.org/2012/02/14/146862081/the-history-of-the-fbis-secret-enemies-list">prosecuted people for the thoughts</a> in our heads.</div> <div id="cke_pastebin">  </div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> What does it mean to monitor thoughts?</div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> Spying means a lot more than watching what you bought</div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> it's the Feds always knowing what you’ve got in your head</div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> not only whoever with whom you share your bed</div> <div id="cke_pastebin">  </div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> But whether you're compliant or a threat instead</div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> A head, like MLK, to be "<a href="http://nsarchive.wordpress.com/2011/01/14/mlk-document-friday-through-counter-intelligence-it-should-be-possible-to-pinpoint-potential-trouble-makers-and-neutralize-them/">neutralized</a>." </div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> That's the word the FBI used: decades of lies</div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> exposed, revealed as institutionalized </div> <div id="cke_pastebin">  </div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> Beyond trying to drive Reverend King to suicide,</div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> no one even knows <a href="http://www.crimelibrary.com/terrorists_spies/assassins/malcolm_x/4.html">how brother Malcolm died</a>.</div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/g-flint-taylor/the-fbi-cointelpro-progra_b_4375527.html">Fred Hampton killed</a> in his own house, inside!</div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> The feds <a href="http://www.democracynow.org/2012/3/27/judi_bari_revisited_new_film_exposes">bombed earth activist Judi Bari</a> and lied</div> <div id="cke_pastebin">  </div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> and those lies go all the way up the chain of command.</div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> The <a href="https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2013/08/dea-and-nsa-team-intelligence-laundering">agencies lie to judges</a> when on the stand.</div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> The Director, the head honcho, the man,</div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> claims <a href="http://www.constitutioncampaign.org/blog/?p=1598#.U3ya0PldWAg">his lies were unplanned</a> and that he didn't understand  </div> <div id="cke_pastebin">  </div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> <em><strong>FBI CHORUS</strong></em></div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> <em>It's the FBI </em><em>against</em><em> the Constitution</em></div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> <em>We the people are the ones our government is abusing.</em></div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> <em>We can force any agency to make a new choice</em></div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> <em>when we build a movement, each raising our voice.</em></div> <div id="cke_pastebin">  </div> <div> <strong>Verse 4* (Snowden, secrecy, Congress, budget)</strong></div> <div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> How would a Patriot act, in fact?</div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> He'd <a href="http://www.constitutioncampaign.org/blog/?p=9805">drag Congress out back</a>, and beat it with a bat.</div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> Like Revere rode through the streets, warning of attack,</div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> Snowden, 250 years later, back</div> <div id="cke_pastebin">  </div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> again the alarm. You can bet the farm </div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> that the agencies on democracy inflict harm,</div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> hiding secret crimes -- works like a charm!</div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> Congressional dysfunctionality far </div> <div id="cke_pastebin">  </div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> and wide go the attacks on cyberspace</div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> and <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/nsa-surveillance-program-reaches-into-the-past-to-retrieve-replay-phone-calls/2014/03/18/226d2646-ade9-11e3-a49e-76adc9210f19_story.html">the telephone system</a>, every call that you place</div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> monitored: caller, receiver, profile, race, </div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> ideology, temperament, <a href="http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2013/11/the-nsas-porn-surveillance-program-not-safe-for-democracy/281914/">sexual taste</a></div> <div id="cke_pastebin">  </div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> Noticed a budget crisis? Heres the waste:</div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> <a href="http://www.thewire.com/national/2013/06/how-much-money-do-we-pay-nsa-spy-us/66026/">billions every year</a> to our country debase.</div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> Don't settle for half ass, keeping spying in place.</div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> The agencies need to be erased.</div> </div> <div>  </div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> <em><strong>Acronym CHORUS</strong></em></div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> <em>Agencies </em><em>against</em><em> the Constitution</em></div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> <em>We the people are the ones our government is abusing.</em></div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> <em>We can force any acronym to make a new choice</em></div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> <em>when we build a movement, each raising our voice.</em></div> <div>  </div> <div> <strong>Verse #5 (Thought crimes, COINTELPRO, corruption, DHS)</strong></div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> Some fools think Edward Snowden is a traitor</div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> But they ignore everything that happened later:</div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/dec/19/republicans-consequences-james-clapper-testimony">Congress lied to by executive</a> officials.</div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> We’re talking ‘bout corruption in the capital for shizzle.</div> <div id="cke_pastebin">  </div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> <a href="http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2013/12/federal-judge-imagine-indiscriminate-arbitrary-invasion-systematic-high-tech-collection-retention-personal-data-virtua.html">Democracies fizzle</a> when their people are watched</div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> that's why the NSA's got to be stopped,</div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> and the FBI too. Don't forget what they do.</div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> Entire agencies arrayed against you,</div> <div id="cke_pastebin">  </div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> <a href="http://www.stopfbi.net/about/timeline">raiding the homes of peaceful activists</a>,</div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> setting in motion predictable plot twists,</div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> arresting democracy to bind her wrists.</div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> The constitutional coup already happened: it's</div> <div id="cke_pastebin">  </div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> DHS <a href="http://www.acslaw.org/acsblog/fbi-preying-on-immigrants-to-hoodwink-the-public">biometric data collection</a></div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> <a href="http://www.cnn.com/2013/06/19/politics/fbi-drones/">surveillance drones</a>, automatic <a href="https://www.aclu.org/alpr">license detection</a></div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> Departments of <a href="http://www.cacs.org/ca/article/44">corrections eclipsing universities</a>.</div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> We must all resist…or we'll be history</div> <div id="cke_pastebin">  </div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> <em><strong>Closing CHORUS</strong></em></div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> <em>Agencies </em><em>against</em><em> We the People</em></div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> <em>Don’t stoop, don’t grovel to no government steeple.</em></div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> <em>We can force our government to make a new choice</em></div> <div id="cke_pastebin"> <em>when we build a movement, each raising our voice.</em></div> <div>  </div> <div>  </div> <div> * available only on the <a href="https://soundcloud.com/shahid-buttar/nsa-vs-usa-extended-dance-floor-mix">extended Dance Floor mix</a></div> </div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-tags field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-above"><div class="field-label">Tags:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><a href="/taxonomy/term/3" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Poetry</a></div><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/taxonomy/term/1" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Music</a></div><div class="field-item even"><a href="/taxonomy/term/9" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Activism</a></div></div></div> Wed, 25 Feb 2015 11:40:21 +0000 Shahid Buttar 81 at https://www.shahidbuttar.com https://www.shahidbuttar.com/NSAvsUSA#comments It shows who we are (February 2015) https://www.shahidbuttar.com/node/125 <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p>In my favorite place yet<br /> I learned a great deal<br /> for many millions together<br /> can do amazing things</p> <p>I learned a great deal<br /> Cuba's revelatory history<br /> can do amazing things<br /> were we in the States aware</p> <p>Cuba's revelatory history<br /> it shows who we are<br /> were we in the States aware<br /> we'd do something about it.</p> <p>It shows who we are<br /> when our empire throws elbows<br /> we'd do something about it<br /> if it impacted us</p> <p>When our empire throws elbows<br /> it undermines everything<br /> if it impacted us<br /> we'd be less hedonistic</p> <p>It undermines everything<br /> pitted against each other<br /> we'd be less hedonistic<br /> if we related as neighbors</p> <p>Pitted against each other<br /> as we're taught from day one<br /> if we related as neighbors<br /> no challenge too great</p> <p>No challenge too great<br /> for many millions together<br /> as we're taught from day one<br /> in my favorite place yet</p> <p><img src="http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/3/3b/SculptureCheGuevaraCuba.jpg" style="width:608px;height:456px" /></p> </div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-tags field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-above"><div class="field-label">Tags:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><a href="/taxonomy/term/3" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Poetry</a></div></div></div> Wed, 18 Feb 2015 17:05:00 +0000 Shahid Buttar 125 at https://www.shahidbuttar.com https://www.shahidbuttar.com/node/125#comments Rhyming about Gitmo, torture, and the New Jim Crow https://www.shahidbuttar.com/node/120 <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p>Today was the 13th anniversary of military detention at Guantanamo Bay. After joining inspiring allies from <a href="http://www.witnesstorture.org/">Witness Against Torture</a> (many of whom fasted for a week and came from all across the US) at a vigil at the White House, we marched to DC Superior Court, where I busted this rhyme about the inversion of criminal justice in America. The guilty remain free and run amok, while innocents are imprisoned en masse.</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/xR6_xSSGFpA" width="560"></iframe></p> </div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-tags field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-above"><div class="field-label">Tags:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><a href="/taxonomy/term/3" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Poetry</a></div><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/taxonomy/term/9" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Activism</a></div><div class="field-item even"><a href="/taxonomy/term/2" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Video</a></div></div></div> Sun, 11 Jan 2015 19:45:32 +0000 Shahid Buttar 120 at https://www.shahidbuttar.com https://www.shahidbuttar.com/node/120#comments Magic hour crossing a lake on a train (August 2012) https://www.shahidbuttar.com/node/91 <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><div style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13.333333969116211px;"> The light follows us </div> <div style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13.333333969116211px;"> a ribbon of gold </div> <div style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13.333333969116211px;"> splitting a wide </div> <div style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13.333333969116211px;"> undulating </div> <div style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13.333333969116211px;"> blue gray meringue</div> <div style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13.333333969116211px;">  </div> <div style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13.333333969116211px;"> It shifts </div> <div style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13.333333969116211px;"> just a bit </div> <div style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13.333333969116211px;"> everywhere </div> <div style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13.333333969116211px;"> constantly</div> <div style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13.333333969116211px;">  </div> <!--break--><div style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13.333333969116211px;"> Playing over the peaks </div> <div style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13.333333969116211px;"> of small swells </div> <div style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13.333333969116211px;"> wind-whipped waves </div> <div style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13.333333969116211px;"> whisking from one shore </div> <div style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13.333333969116211px;"> to the other</div> <div style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13.333333969116211px;">  </div> <div style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13.333333969116211px;"> It flickers and fades </div> <div style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13.333333969116211px;"> as we enter a forest </div> <div style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13.333333969116211px;"> the once blinding brightness </div> <div style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13.333333969116211px;"> seared into my vision</div> <div style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13.333333969116211px;">  </div> <div style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13.333333969116211px;"> All things </div> <div style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13.333333969116211px;"> inflected by it </div> <div style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13.333333969116211px;"> a pale subtle juxtaposition </div> <div style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13.333333969116211px;"> itself faded </div> <div style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13.333333969116211px;"> forgotten </div> <div style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13.333333969116211px;"> in five minutes</div> </div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-tags field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-above"><div class="field-label">Tags:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><a href="/taxonomy/term/3" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Poetry</a></div></div></div> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 03:30:15 +0000 Shahid Buttar 91 at https://www.shahidbuttar.com https://www.shahidbuttar.com/node/91#comments Finding People (February 2001) https://www.shahidbuttar.com/node/88 <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p>Sunday morning<br /> on commuter rail<br /> burned out<br /> by a wild<br /> adventurous night</p> <p>feeling as though<br /> mired in molasses<br /> which has moved<br /> even into my brain</p> <!--break--><p>spazzes in fits and starts<br /> sudden recollections<br /> of bizarre inspirations</p> <p>laying naked in a hot tub<br /> under the stars<br /> in the rain<br /> with four other people<br /> I’d never met before tonight</p> <p>sitting amidst five<br /> long-time best friends pals<br /> soulmates brothers and sisters<br /> catching up<br /> since old times</p> <p>sharing crazy stories<br /> reminding each other of old ones<br /> while adding more for the future<br /> in which I have now played a part</p> <p>feeling as though I’d<br /> found a home<br /> just by being<br /> invited<br /> to theirs.</p> </div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-tags field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-above"><div class="field-label">Tags:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><a href="/taxonomy/term/3" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Poetry</a></div></div></div> Thu, 12 Jun 2014 04:00:00 +0000 Shahid Buttar 88 at https://www.shahidbuttar.com https://www.shahidbuttar.com/node/88#comments A consensus among prophets (April 2013) https://www.shahidbuttar.com/node/83 <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><div> Love really can conquer all.</div> <div> That's the only thing</div> <div> the messengers</div> <div> actually showed us</div> <div>  </div> <div> Underneath all</div> <div> the cultural rubble we've heaped</div> <div> onto their barely</div> <div> vestigial legacies</div> <div>  </div> <!--break--><div> Different points of reference<br /> exploring a shared plane</div> <div> riven by inequity</div> <div> and arbitrary violence</div> <div>  </div> <div> united</div> <div> by a universal constant</div> <div> no less solid</div> <div> than laws of thermodynamics.</div> <div>  </div> <div> In the face of whatever blight</div> <div> might afflict whatever poor<br /> unfortunate tired<br /> and melancholy soul</div> <div>  </div> <div> the light can revive</div> <div> what the world tries to uproot</div> <div> the luminous bio-phosphorescent </div> <div> inner child </div> <div>  </div> <div> the soul on one's sleeve</div> <div> the fearless embrace</div> <div> of long lost siblings</div> <div> in every human encounter.</div> <div>  </div> <div> Love can conquer</div> <div> power, people, politics</div> <div> fear, phantoms, forces</div> <div> of all kinds</div> <div>  </div> <div> even beyond the grief<br /> we inflict and spread</div> <div> in our sophisticated </div> <div> foolishness</div> </div></div></div><div class="field field-name-field-tags field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-above"><div class="field-label">Tags:&nbsp;</div><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><a href="/taxonomy/term/3" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Poetry</a></div></div></div> Fri, 16 May 2014 22:05:38 +0000 Shahid Buttar 83 at https://www.shahidbuttar.com https://www.shahidbuttar.com/node/83#comments